Championship club Bournemouth have sacked manager Jason Tindall, who was in charge for just six months.
Former Cherries player and assistant boss Tindall was appointed in August following the departure of Eddie Howe.
“We feel a change is needed now to give the club the best possible chance of achieving the goals clearly set out last summer,” said a club statement.
Bournemouth, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have lost four successive Championship matches and won just once in their past eight league games.
They are eight points off the automatic promotion places and 13 behind leaders Norwich City.
“Recent performances and results have fallen well below the board’s expectations,” the club said.
Rescue from ‘darkest days’
Tindall, 43, was appointed on a three-year contract and has a 22-year association with the Cherries, having also previously played 199 games.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Jason for his services to AFC Bournemouth over the past 22 years.
“He’s someone who is fondly thought of throughout the club, having played an important role in rescuing it from its darkest days and taking it on the greatest journey it has ever had,” the statement added.
Alongside Howe, Tindall helped Bournemouth to three promotions from League Two to the Premier League, either side of a 21-month spell together at Burnley.
His departure is the second in as many weeks from the coaching staff after first-team coach Graeme Jones joined Newcastle United.
Former Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate was appointed as Jones’ replacement on Monday on a deal until the end of the season and was in the dugout for the match against Wednesday.
Bournemouth’s next Championship fixture is at home to Birmingham City on Saturday with the club yet to say who is in caretaker charge.
‘Recent performances have been lacklustre’ – analysis
Kris Temple, BBC Radio Solent’s Bournemouth commentator
Some will say this is a classic “pushing of the panic button” after one bad month, but others will point to the fact this season is Bournemouth’s one real shot at getting back to the Premier League quickly, with the quality of squad they’ve kept hold of, underpinned by the year-one parachute payment and £80m in player sales income.
Recent performances have been lacklustre to say the least, with tactical direction seemingly lost, but also a host of individual errors, which Tindall couldn’t control.
I would have been intrigued to see how fans in the stadium would have reacted to the downtrend. In current times, social media discontent becomes even more amplified.
For me, if the board have decided they needed to act, they need to bring in someone with proven credentials.
If they gamble, they could just as easily have taken a chance that Tindall could have turned it around.